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List of Capitol Cablevision channels (Jackson, January 1985)

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Capitol Cablevision customers in Jackson, Mississippi, had access to the channels listed below in January of 1985. Today services are split between Comcast (via Xfinity) and C Spire, the former Cellular South. (Source: TVTV.us)

Legend

  • CALL — The call letters of an over-the-air television station in bold text.
  • CABLE — Cable channels in regular text.
  •  ##  — Over-the-air channel number for stations within the Jackson television market, according to current laws by the FCC and mapping of markets by Nielsen Media Research. Also, some stations may service areas outside of the television market as well.
  •  ##  — Over-the-air channel number for distant out-of-market stations, including regional and national "superstations", according to current laws by the FCC and mapping of markets by Nielsen Media Research.
  • Network affiliated stations will have the network's logo (of the corresponding era) next to them and independent stations are unmarked.

Market

The Jackson television market includes 25 counties in Mississippi, with market hubs in bold text:

  • Counties: Adams, Attala, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Madison, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Walthall, Warren and Yazoo
  • Cities: Brandon, Brookhaven, Carthage, Crystal Springs, Florence, Jackson, Kosciusko, Magnolia, Mendenhall, Monticello, Natchez, Pelahatchie, Tylertown, Vicksburg and Yazoo City

Lineup

Source: Newspapers.com (Paid subscription to "Publisher Extra" may be required for some sections)
CH# Name Notes/Today
0 Lifetime Programming geared towards women and women in lead roles of movies and shows
(Owned by A&E Networks, a 50-50 joint venture between Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company)
1 Financial News Network Financial, consumer and business news and stocks, sold to NBC and absorbed/integrated into CNBC in 1991
(Split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
Black Entertainment
Television
Then and now, still carries programming heavily targeting African-American audiences, though it nowadays
goes only by the acronym BET, owned by Paramount Global
(Split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
2 1979 NBC logo.svg  3  WLBT Jackson Still an NBC affiliate, owned by Gray Television
(Also operates Fox affiliate  40  WDBD, owned by American Spirit Media and co-operates MyNetworkTV affiliate  35  WLOO out of
Vicksburg, owned by Tougaloo College in Jackson)
3 The Weather Channel Weather forecasting and science and in recent years, weather related shows and documentaries as well
(Also with local weather alerts and local forecasts every ten minutes on the 8s of every hour, owned by Entertainment Studios)
4 American Broadcasting Company Logo.svg  16  WAPT Jackson Still an ABC affiliate, owned by Hearst Television
5 Home Box Office A premium subscription network, still operates today by its acronym HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name)
6  40  WDBD Jackson Had just signed onto the air in November of 1984, would join Fox in 1987, switch to The WB in 2001, before
rejoining Fox in 2006
(WDBD is owned by American Spirit Media, but is operated by Gray Television, which owns NBC affiliate  3  WLBT, both also co-operate
MyNetworkTV affiliate  35  WLOO out of Vicksburg, owned by Tougaloo College in Jackson)
7 PBS 1971 Logo Only.svg  29  WMAA Jackson WMAA (now WMPN) is the flagship station of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, a network of PBS stations
throughout Mississippi
8  17  WTBS Atlanta, GA The direct OTA feed at the time, now as WPCH-TV, owned by Gray Television
(Both the station and the TBS network (short for Turner Broadcasting System), were separated from each other in 2007,
TBS today, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
9  9  WGN-TV Chicago, IL The direct OTA feed at the time, then and now, an independent, now owned by Nexstar Media Group
(Its later cable counterpart, WGN America, has since been rebranded and relaunched as NewsNation)
10 ESPN A 24-hour channel devoted to local, regional, national and international sports
(Owned as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company at 80% and Hearst Communications at 20%)
11 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
12 Cable Update/
Financial Info/
Program Info
Defunct, likely a teletext and/or barker channel with program previews, cable service update information
and a live financial newswire service
13 CBS Eyemark.svg  12  WJTV Jackson Currently a dual CBS and CW affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group
(Also operates a semi-satellite station,  22  WHLT out of Hattiesburg)
14 ACTS Once owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, the network shut down in 2003
(ACTS, short for American Christian Television System, was subsequently replaced by FamilyNet, now relaunched as The Cowboy Channel)
15 CBN CBN Cable Network was spun off by the Christian Broadcasting Network and operates today as
Freeform, owned by The Walt Disney Company
16 USA Network Then and now, a general entertainment and sports channel, now owned by NBCUniversal
17 Music Television Now known only as MTV, owned by Paramount Global, it has shifted from strictly music and music videos in its
early years to a mix of music, reality shows and dramas in recent years
18 The Nashville Network
(TNN)
A channel once focused on country music and lifestyle, it now operates as a general entertainment channel as
Paramount Network, owned by Paramount Global
19 The Disney Channel Originally a premium pay subscription channel, Disney is now a general cable channel
20 Cinemax A premium pay subscription channel with mainstream, independent and original shows, movies and documentaries
(Sister and companion network to HBO, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
21 The Movie Channel A premium pay subscription channel with classic, mainstream and independent movies
(Sister and companion network to Showtime, owned by Paramount Global)
22 Showtime A premium subscription channel with movies, shows, documentaries and sporting events,
owned by Paramount Global
23 Nickelodeon Today owned by Paramount Global, schedule then and now, still consists of programming
towards children and teenagers up to 18 years of age
(Split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
Arts & Entertainment Once a channel focused on arts and history, the channel has shifted significantly towards
reality shows, dramas and documentaries, now known only as A&E
(The flagship network of A&E Networks, a 50-50 joint venture between Hearst Communications and Disney General Entertainment Content,
a division of The Walt Disney Company, split channel, exact carriage hours unknown at this time)
24 SPN Short for Satellite Program Network, sold to NBC and relaunched as CNBC in 1989
25 Jackson Municipal
School District
Local cable and public access programming for educational and instructional purposes, programs geared
towards students within the Jackson Municipal School District, now on Xfinity channels 18 and 19
26
27 C-SPAN A channel entirely focused on federal government and public affairs pertaining to the United States
House of Representatives
, including live coverage of proceedings
28 The Learning Channel Initially focused on educational and learning content, by the late 1990s the network began to primarily
focus towards reality series involving lifestyles, family life, and personal stories as TLC,
owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
29 Jackson Municipal
School District
Local cable and public access programming for educational and instructional purposes, programs geared
towards students within the Jackson Municipal School District, now on Xfinity channels 18 and 19
30 CNN Headline News Once a companion network to CNN with news headlines, programming has shifted mostly to
crime and law oriented shows and documentaries in recent years as HLN, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
31 Country Music Television Programming consisting of country music and lifestyle with some country-themed reality shows added in
recent years, now just simply as CMT, owned by Paramount Global